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Dunmanway is in the centre of West Cork and is built around two tributaries of the River Bandon.

The town is the birthplace of Sam Maguire, an Irish Protestant republican, after whom the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship trophy is named. A statue of Maguire stands in the town square.

Dunmanway Heritage Centre provides information on various subjects, including The Great Famine and the four local castles, the MacCarthy Castles in Dunmanway and Togher, the Randal Og Hurley Castle in Ballinacarriga, and the Crowley Castle in Ahakeera.

There are various walking trails in the area, with the Nowen Hill and Pipe Hill trails providing a range of routes varying in difficulty and distance.

The Ballabuidhe Horse Fair and Races are held annually in the town at the beginning of August.

Dunmanway also boasts of some of the finest freshwater fishing in Cork, with the rivers and lakes of the area providing an opportunity to catch trout, pike, or bream.

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